The Brexit vote is in, and its been interesting watching the reactions… financial and otherwise.
The Telegraph has a good article on this that I find interesting, especially for some of the pictures.
UK elections results are in. The Conservative leader David Cameron rose to a surprise victory, standing over the dead political careers of his opponents. Labour’s Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats, and UKIP’s Nigel Farage are all resigning after the essential collapse of their parties’ electoral fortunes. Continue Reading
It’s been a while since I’ve been active on the posts. It’s been a crazy busy semester, but, more importantly, there’s been so much Europe-related news recently that I don’t know where to turn my attention half the time!
Until I’m back and focused, you can instead check out this featured post by one of the students in my Russia and Post-Soviet class this semester, describing the state of electoral politics in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan’s most recent “democratic election” was held about a year ago on 9 October 2013. Unsurprisingly, incumbent president Ilham Aliyev and his party won by a landslide. I use the word unsurprisingly, well, because it is appropriate. He and his party won with 85% of the popular vote; while his closest competitor secured a measly 5%. Once it officially left the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, Azerbaijan and its leadership’s democratic legitimacy have been routinely questioned by global organizations and western countries.
Azerbaijan seems as if they got off on the wrong foot if they truly want to pursue democracy. Continue Reading